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Nurse of the Year Award Winners 2017

Congratulations to all our winners and runners up at the 2017 RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards.      In our sixth year, we have once again seen the best and brightest talents in the Welsh Nursing family!

Please read on below to find out who our winners were in 2017, including our overall RCN Wales Nurse of the Year winner. 

RCN Wales Nurse of the Year 2017

Sponsored by Velindre NHS Trust

Louise Walby is the RCN Wales Nurse of the Year 2017!

Louise, a respiratory nurse facilitator with Cwm Taf, University Health Board, emerged as the overall winner of the evening, in recognition of her work in tackling some of the worst mortality rates from chronic lung disease in Britain.

Louise works in the area of the Welsh valleys that has the fourth worst mortality figures in Britain for chronic lung disease. She helped to improve early recognition and intervention for high-risk patients, visiting 50 GP practices to work with practice nurses and doctors, delivering accredited training to improve the diagnosis of conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.

Louise is credited with improving the whole patient experience and management of COPD, something that impacts across the whole region. Her work has been recognised at a national level and is being used as an exemplar of best practice across Wales. 

Louise Walby winner photoLouise Walby (right),pictured with Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services

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Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Award - Winner, Suzanne Hardacre

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Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Award - Runner Up, Jayne Sankey

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Children and Midwifery Award - Winner, Lynfa Day

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Children and Midwifery Award - Runner Up, Eirlys Thomas

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Clinical Nurse Specialist Award - Winner, Ann Parkes

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Clinical Nurse Specialist Award - Runner Up, Iris Williams

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Community Nursing Award - Winner, Paul Crank

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Community Nursing Award - Runner Up, Carys Stevens

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Health Care Support Worker Award - Winner, Steven Evans-Jones

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Health Care Support Worker Award - Runner Up, Matthew Rapier

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Improving Individual and Population Health Award - Winner, Hanka Roudnicka

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Improving Individual and Population Health Award - Runner Up, Kerry Rockey and Sarah Nicholas

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Innovation in Nursing Award - Winner, and Lifetime Achievement Award - Winner, Tanya Strange MBE

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Innovation in Nursing Award - Runner Up, Viki Jenkins

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Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Award - Winner, Adele Watkins

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Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Award - Runner Up, Kara Hannigan

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Mentorship Award - Winner, Pamela Warne

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Mentorship Award - Runner up, Cheryl Rowlands

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Nurse Education Award - Winner, Pamela Penman

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Nurse Education Award - Runner up, Aron White

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Nursing Student Award - Winner, Tyler Payne

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Nursing Student Award - Runner up, Sophie Burgess

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Older People's Commissioner for Wales Award - Winner, Bethan Andrews

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Older People's Commissioner for Wales Award - Runner up, Heather Mahoney

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Primary Care Nursing Award - Winner, Louise Walby

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Primary Care Nursing Award - Runner up, Claire Jordan

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Registered Nurse (Adult) Award - Winner, Ann Robins

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Registered Nurse (Adult) - Runner up, Sarah Spencer and Carolyn Alport

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Research in Nursing Award - Winner, Dr Nicola Evans

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Research in Nursing Award - Runner up, Dr Lynne Williams

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Suzanne Goodall Paediatric Nursing Award - Candice St. John

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Suzanne Goodall Paediatric Nursing Award - Runner up, Vera Clement